Prescott Girls Basketball Preview
It’s a fresh start for the Prescott girls basketball program with first-year interim head coach Joan Korfhage running the program. In this preview, she spoke about her players, expectations, and where the program is heading this season.
“We have very few players with varsity minutes,” Korfhage said. “We lost four starting seniors from last year. Sophomore Lila Posthuma is our only returning starter. Brynley Goehring is a returning senior and played quite a bit on varsity last year. We will have a balanced attack this year and hopefully have three or more players a night in double-digits. We will look to push the ball up the floor and use both an inside game and outside shooting.”
Last season Prescott went 18-3 and had their season come to an end against noted girls basketball powerhouse Aquinas in the WIAA Regional Final game. However, as Korfhage noted, Prescott graduated a lot of talent and that will impact expectations for this season as well as some of the issues with last season.
“It’s definitely a rebuilding year with losing four starters,” Korfhage said. “However, we have the talent to be at the top of the conference again. Last year we did have some challenges with COVID and had to shut down our JV/C program for a while. We also had one varsity game with only seven players and one of them was a freshman from the C team.”
It’s important to note that COVID is not an issue of the past – both in sports and the everyday world. Korfhage spoke about how it’s already impacted this young 2021-22 season.
“This year, we’ve already been impacted by COVID,” Korfhage said. “We had three players come down with it. Fingers crossed we get through the rest of the season without an outbreak.”
The Prescott coaching staff consists of the aforementioned Korfhage, as well as Owen Hamilton, who coaches the JV, Tilly Rahm, who coaches the C-team, Steve Block who has coached many sports over the years and Sarah Schmidt who is helping the program and will coach eighth grade when that season begins.
“I would say our coaching staff is a very tight group,” Korfhage said. “We all have the same goal of making the program successful at all levels. We are also focused on the mental health of our team and the psychological positives of coaching.”
Prescott is 2-2 in its first four games of the season, which as Korfhage noted, have already been impacted by COVID scratches for big games. The next game for Prescott is on Thursday, Dec. 9, at home against the Amery Warriors in Middle Border Conference action. That game is slated to begin at 7 p.m.
The 2021-22 Prescott girls varsity basketball team. Photo courtesy of the Prescott girls basketball team